The Korean War Baby found this at Koreanclicks.com and encourages all to check it out. Son Gi Jeong was a true patriot who was not ashamed to try to make it clear that he was Korean not Japanese. Many do not know that from 1910 to 1945 Korea was ‘not a country’ but forced to be part of the Japanese Empire. It has been called many things, Colonial period and every Korean in the country knows but most overseas Koreans, whether adopted or emigrants, have no clue. Click here to read:
Son Gi Jeong (Middle) - notice the Japan flag on his chest?
Sadly, however, his win is not recorded in Olympic history as being Korea’s first gold. At that time, Korea was a Japanese colony.
Son Gi Jeong was forced to compete for the Japanese team using the adopted Japanese name of Son Kitei, the Japanese pronunciation of the hanja making up his name.